I’ve been reading Narnia books to my daughter recently, and midway through Prince Caspian I was quite startled to see, in among all the "By Jove"s and "Great Scott"s and the like, the following line:
(context: Edmund explaining why he, and not Peter, should be the one to take on a fencing match with another character)
“It will be more of a sucks for him if I win, and less of a let-down for us all if I fail”
That’s almost modern slang there. Except that a 2010 character would probably say “will suck more” rather than “more of a sucks”. But clearly, the derivation of the slang that he’s using there can’t be the same as the modern slang “sucks” - not in a 1950s kids book anyway!
So what does it mean? What’s the derivation? Anyone here old enough to remember 1950’s British slang first time around?